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January 20th, 2018, 8PM at Moody Performance Hall

2520 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas 75201 (map it)

Main Event at 8:00 PM

This free community concert is an invitation to Dallas citizens to explore “the sounds between” via a composer residency and world premiere made possible in part by The TACA Bowdon & Embrey Family Foundations Artist Residency Fund. Composer-in-residence, Dr. Douglas Buchanan, has written a new work for a collaborative performance between the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Dallas Street Choir. The program will also feature Sight of Sound Festival Films with live orchestral accompaniment.

Audiences are encouraged to attend residency events to explore how music is composed, how musicians/conductors collaborate with composers (dead or alive) to interpret music, how live performance provides unique experiences for audiences, and the audience’s role in the performance cycle. Residency activities are ongoing throughout the year, and emphasize communication, collaboration, and community engagement.

Richard McKay, conductor
Douglas Buchanan, composer-in-residence
Dallas Street Choir, guest performing arts group


Convenient parking for $6, available nearby at One Arts Plaza.

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9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
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General Admission: Free

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What People Are Saying

  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "...the Dallas Chamber Symphony and the Bruce Wood Dance Company...make an ideal cultural ambassador for the city to major urban centers in the United States and beyond."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay and the musicians wove through the complex textures and often counter-intuitive wanderings of this score with admirable devotion and precision."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Best Way to Watch A Silent Film 2014: ...they showed us that there’s nothing quite like watching a movie to the sound of a live orchestra."

    The Editor D Magazine
  • "The mostly young ensemble of two dozen strings responded with performances as eager and expressive as they were accomplished."

    Scott Cantrell The Dallas Morning News
  • "For this symphony the educational outreach is far-reaching."

    Teresa Frosini CBS 11 News
  • "…the orchestra here demonstrated a continually improving precision and comfort in a room that can be unforgiving. The Warlock Suite provided ample opportunity for McKay to show off a wonderful ability to evoke the special atmosphere, at once modern and archaic, that the composer created here."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "Renaissance harmonies abounded, tinged with just the right spice of 20th Century dissonance and bi-tonality. It was brought out at just the right level by McKay."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The pointed intentionality of last night's programming, which initially looked like a musical mishmash, was to breathe new life into the old. And the structure of it was brilliant: 'Here's something you'll know. Here's something you should know. And here's something fun, so you leave feeling elated.'"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "The Dallas Chamber Symphony is nothing if not ambitious."

    Katie Womack Dallas Observer
  • "This combination of old and new elements helped transport the audience to a different time and place without over-doing musical clichés."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The audience was drawn into the film from the start, bursting into laughter and interacting with the story audibly."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "On Tuesday night, the Dallas Chamber Symphony proved they know exactly how to create a well-executed, interactive and entertaining live music/film screening experience."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "They have some incredible talent in their midst."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "There were a lot of excited whispers and shoulder grabs as people stood up to leave. I rarely see crowds so invigorated after classical productions."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "If we want to keep classical music relevant, we need to fuse it naturally with our other passions. It should be an accompaniment to our lives, not just a fancy auditory meal gobbled up occasionally while wearing fine clothes. The Dallas Chamber Symphony is making that happen."

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Shows like this reinforce that I'm on board; I'll see anything this group and its artistic director Richard McKay tries…"

    Jamie Laughlin The Dallas Observer
  • "Dallas Chamber Symphony has, along with the presentation of a fresh and widely varied repertoire of standard and non-standard works, carved a notable niche on the local scene…"

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "The orchestra and conductor McKay deserve hearty accolades for this ongoing silent cinema project, with hope that it will continue to enrich the local scene in upcoming seasons."

    Wayne Lee Gay D Magazine
  • "McKay had a great sense for the tempo and character of the piece, which was clearly chosen to show off Takagi's technical and artistic skill."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "As they had been all night, phrases were beautifully shaped. Throughout the performance there was palpable emotion in the playing and ultimately that intangible -- artistic sensibility -- is what made this concert a success."

    Katie Womack The Dallas Observer
  • "The conductor’s long-term vision is precisely the kind of eclectic and occasionally challenging classical group Dallas really needs."

    Peter Simek D Magazine
  • "Everything from the first note was locked in rhythmic precision, and difficult passages were clear, focused, and musical..."

    John Norine TheaterJones
  • "The ensemble is extremely adroit in their presentation as well as programming."

    John Norine TheaterJones


Douglas Buchanan, composer-in-residence

Hailed for his “sense of creative imperative” (David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer), and “ability to get under the skin of [the music’s] core material” (Carol Main, The Scotsman), Douglas Buchanan’s compositions have been praised for being “filled with terrific orchestral color and weight, not to mention feeling” (Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun). Buchanan currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland, where he serves as Composition Faculty at Dickinson College, Music Theory and Musicology Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Artistic Director of the Maryland Choral Society.

Buchanan has been the recipient of numerous awards and prizes, including the Symphony in C Young Composer’s Award, the Macht Prize for Outstanding Orchestral Score, a Baltimore Symphony Young Composer’s Reading, and an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award. An active scholar, recent notable conference appearances have included presentations and performances at the 2015 College Music Society International Conference in Helsinki, Finland (presenting on the structural aspects of orchestration and timbre in Jean Sibelius’ fourth symphony), a paper and a lecture recital at the Ecomusicologies 2014 conference, was the recipient of the 2013 Lowens Award for Outstanding Graduate Research from the American Musicological Society Capital Chapter, and served as summer faculty at the Chautauqua Institute.

As an educator, Buchanan has taught and lectured at institutions ranging from liberal arts colleges to state universities to conservatories. In addition to his work at Peabody and Dickinson, he has taught composition at Towson University (where he co-founded the Towson Symphony Young Composers Readings), has served as a composition mentor for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Student Composers Readings, and has given guest lectures at the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Baltimore, SUNY Fredonia, and the Shenandoah Conservatory. An advocate for musical outreach, he has taught as part of the Junior Bach program at Peabody, and has begun a Street Choir program in Baltimore. You are invited to visit www.dbcomposer.com to learn more.

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